Son Tops Dad in Cherry Pit Spitting
%mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:; AUDIO:%)
EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) _ The Young Gun was a little better than the Pellet Gun.
Rick ``Pellet Gun″ Krause _ a 12-time winner of the annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship _ was defeated by his eldest son, Brian ``Young Gun″ Krause on Saturday.
Brian Krause, 24, spit a cherry pit 61 feet, 2 inches to beat his 48-year-old father, who topped out at 55 feet, 10 inches.
Rick Krause’s youngest son, 19-year-old Matt ``BB Gun″ Krause, was third with a distance of 45 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
``This is the first time we ever did that,″ Brian Krause said of the one-two-three finish. Brian’s son, Braden Krause, won the under-5 division with a spit of 14 feet, 4 inches.
The Krauses have come to embrace their status as pit-spitting royalty. Rick Krause appeared for his turn to spit wearing bright red tights and riding a sparkling purple motorcycle as rock music played in the background.
He also signed ``Pellet Gun Krause″ trading cards and posed for photos with fans prior to the contest.
``Cherry pit spitting is like a good sneeze. They’re both therapeutic,″ said Herb Teichman, owner of the event’s site, the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm.